TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The holiday season is here, and there are plenty of festive activities available over the next week for those in the Taipei area. Here are some upcoming events for Dec. 21 through Dec. 30.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, the National Symphony Orchestra will host a spectacular chamber concert starting 7:30p.m. Tickets for “Strolling in the Musical Sky” are still available at NT$400.
This Saturday, Dec. 22, a Winter Solstice Festival featuring live music and food vendors is happening in Wanhua District. Check out local community performances as well as groups Sorry Youth, the Muddy Basin Ramblers and singer-songwriter Chen Ming Chang.
Top Shelf Games Co. is hosting a huge, international Christmas market at Jazz Square near Shuanglian MRT station from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23. Vendors will be offering delicacies from 10 different countries to give market-goers a taste of what Christmas is like around the world.
Toy store Monkey Monday is hosting a separate Christmas market on Sunday too, featuring a wide array of toys, gizmos, gadgets, food and antiques. The “Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Market” will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Dec. 23 at Li Fan Gold House.
Saturday, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, the PS TAPAS Pop up store at Taipei City Hall will be hosting a relaxing day of food and music outdoors. Swing by and enjoy the atmosphere with friends. Entry to the outdoor “SUNSET CHILL OUT PROJECT” is NT$350, and includes one free drink.
The Taipei Biennial 2018, which began in mid-November, is still running until March 2019. Hosted by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe-Institut Taipei, this year’s theme is “Post Nature: the Museum as an Ecosystem.”
MICAWOR—2018 PULIMA Art Festival, the island's most prestigious indigenous contemporary art festival, continues to run through December until Jan. 13 next year. Head to MOCA to view the works of twenty-one Pulima Art Award winners.
Additionally, do not forget to check out Taiwan News' top Christmas dining options for 2018, which caters to all budgets.
If you are looking for a family-friendly group in which you can practice your English or Chinese, consider checking out events with Language Exchange Taipei.
The LEIT Language Exchange group regularly hosts a huge number of activities. Check their events page for friendly hangouts and language exchange opportunities.
Bobwundaye Bar on Heping Rd. in Da'an District will be hosting Wednesday Open Mic Nights for anyone who wants to share their musical or artistic talents. The floor is open for performances from 10:00 p.m.
If you love Indian food and culture, you can always stop by Mayur Indian Kitchen on Songjiang Road, which regularly holds traditional music and dance performances for Saturday-night customers.
For those new to Taipei, or those who have been here a while but still haven't seen all the city has to offer, consider taking a walking tour with "Like it Formosa." Tours happen each week, with four different kinds to choose from depending on what you want to see.
Popular nightclub Triangle in MAJI square hosts a student night every Wednesday, the next of which will be on Christmas Eve (Dec. 26).
And depending on your interests, you may want to check this list of meet up groups regularly to see if there is anything up your alley. Happy holidays!